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hama

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Old steamers and more.
« on: June 03, 2010, 09:56:44 PM »

Hello!
Yesterday it was time for the annual celebration of our "archipelago boats", and as usual the steamers play the leading role. The latest addition to the fleet also got a chance to show off, "Gällnö" has just been delivered from builders in Finland and hasn't been put into traffic yet. Here's a link to a thread on a Swedish forum with some nice pictures if someone might be interested.  www.skargardsbatar.se/forum/index.php?topic=2850.0
All the best!
Hama.
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 01:37:24 PM »

Thanks Hama for the link
It warms the heart to see old ships being lovingly maintained and appreciated.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 06:23:49 PM »

And beautiful photography to boot.

Thanks for the link.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 07:05:37 PM »

Agreed a great day out , well photographed, lots of material for scale boats. Thanks Hama. :-))
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 11:43:48 PM »

Thank you so much for that. I want to come back! beautiful light, beautiful water, beautiful country.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 08:35:22 AM »

Excellent photography. great boats and a wonderful day out by he looks of it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 09:14:24 AM »

You're right there, Amigo.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 09:33:44 PM »

Now you know why working on Ferries in the summer is a sort after job.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2010, 06:49:13 PM »

Thanks all for your comments, it was a fine evening. Just to clarify, I didn't take any of the pictures and thats probably for the best! The photographer of the first bunch of pictures is one of the guys running the site thats dedicated to the smaller passenger vessels around the coast. As I work on one myself I see the site as a kind of fan-club and pop in every now and then to check what we are up to.  :embarrassed: The boat I work on and her sisters even have a thread of their own, but I better warn you as they're not as good looking as the old ladies.  www.skargardsbatar.se/forum/index.php?topic=2167.0
All the best!
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2010, 10:22:05 AM »

Lovely stuff, Hama.
Why can small countries like Finland and Sweden do these things so well and we haven't a bloomin' clue?

When I worked for Volvo in Gotheborg, I would often spend the Autumn evenings wandering round admiring the VERY old steamers that gave trips round the area or went to the many islands.  I also enjoyed the finest fish dishes I've ever tasted on board some that had been turned into restaurants.
I was very tempted by some of the ships, modelwise, they were so handsome.
And all in proper (not "heritage") service.

Thanks again.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2010, 12:07:55 PM »

Ahem Vint' I think you'll find we don't do as badly as you think over here- off the top of my head public service steam boats in Britain;

- SY Gondola, Coniston Water,
- SS Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine,
- SL Alaska, Thames,
- SL Nuneham, Thames,
- SS Sheildhall, (?)
- PS Monarch, Isle Of Man,
- PS Kingswear Castle (?)
 And there are a few more that I can't remember, plus PS Medway Queen is under full reconstruction.

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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2010, 01:01:22 PM »

Greg, you could fit them in one little corner of Gotheborg harbour.  And THEN they have a museum of floating craft TOO!  and that's only what I saw and only Gotheborg. I didn't get to any other bigger ports.
And most of what you list are indeed Heritage, rather than standard service vessels. 
That's fine of course, better wet than dead whatever they are.

You're lucky to be involved in a genuine old boat with an assured future.  There aren't that many and the British have no interest, either publicly or in a Government/corporate way.  As the owner of an historic boat registered with National Historic Ships or whatever they're called I know that only too well ,although response to her forced sale (health reasons) on ebay has been far stronger than I'd expected even though two have been timewasters so far.

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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2010, 01:09:42 PM »

Out of those I mentioned only Kingswear is a non-regular service vessel- but she's still funded mostly by passenger numbers, all the others are regular service vessels- and as I said there are more.

We also have many museums full of craft here, Windermere Steam Boat Museum, Bristol Docks, Chatham Docks, Thames Boat Museum (where Donola is housed) etc- but you hit the nail on the head when you say it's the general public and the image these boats have that is the real problem here.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2010, 02:53:20 PM »


- PS Monarch, Isle Of Man,


That'll be the Isle of Wight ?

What's happening at the Windermere Steam boat Museum, it seems to have been shut for renorvations for an awful long time.?
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010, 03:02:01 PM »

Ah, Isle Of White even :embarrassed:

It's undergoing a restructure from the top down- the Lakeland Arts Trust are looking for a new MD- however they appointed a museum boat manager- Adrian Stone, an experienced boatbuilder who has taken responsibilty for the boats restorations and also for the workshop.

I'm trying to get a meeting with him sorted but havn't as yet.

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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2010, 03:56:18 PM »

PS Lincoln Castle is free to anyone who has a million to spare
Needs A boiler and new bottom ,engine is ok
Otherwise scrapyard

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